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where to sit at the Old Stage???Finding Ballet dull...


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#1 Susanne

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Posted 12 February 2005 - 03:00 AM

This is a somewhat strange question.

I have a problem I need help with. I have been to the Old scene at the Kongelige Teater three times. Every time I have had a boring time. I really used to enjoy ballet back in Stockholm when I watched the Royal Swedish ballet perform. When I had watched Swan Lake I got a really happy feeling as well as after Onegin sitting far back at the "parkett". At the Kongelige I have seen Abdallah and Napoli once in the first row of the balcony (Beside the Royal loge) and at the 2 etage. I also watched an oprera at "parkett" row 3. The problem is that there is always someone in front of me preventing me from seeing everything on stage or I just feel it is plain dull!!! At the beginning I thought that there was something wrong with the ballets that perhaps didn't appeal to me, but the more I think about it the more I think it is my seats that have been wrong. I feel that I am not captivated by the performances.

This is strange as you would think the construction of the theater in Copenhagen would be similar to the one in Stockholm as they look similar and are from the same time-period. So does anyone have any tips on where to sit in Copenhagen when you are short??

#2 Helene

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Posted 12 February 2005 - 11:26 AM

There's a new opera house that recently opened in Copenhagen, and the plan is to have the bigger ballets staged there. That might be a better alternative for you than the Old Stage.

I can't find my ticket stubs from a couple of years ago, when I attended opera and ballet performances at the Old Stage. Although I don't know the exact seats and sections, for the opera, I was in the first row of my section, so there wasn't a problem with anyone in front of me. For the ballet, I was in this little section to the side of a middle tier, where there weren't many rows. I was in the end seat in the back row, and had only half a person in front of me. I avoided his head by leaning a little to the right.

I'm 5'5" tall. At 2.5 centimeters per inch, that coverts to 162.5 cm.

#3 Effy

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 01:14 PM

My house rule is better move a balcony up, rather than a row back. You see very well from the first three rows, surprisingly well from the back rows in the stalls, and from the "corners" of the balconies. If you are short you can bring a cushion or grab one of the childrens seats available.

I have been to the opera in Stockholm twice and that is a significantly smaller auditorium.

#4 Mary

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 02:04 AM

i have always thought old stage beautiful and filled with charm, but fact is we almost all sit quite badly. so with the years passing by i have become a great dreamer of a new opera/ballet house. The new house is there now, but the opera won the battle big time and only a few ballets will be presented there.
So...my big question about old stage is: since the house is never full, why not tear out the seats and put in fewer and better seats?


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